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François Mauriac's masterpieces and one of the greatest Catholic
novels, Therese Desqueyroux is the haunting story of an unhappily married young woman whose desperation drives her to thoughts of murder. Mauriac paints an unforgettable portrait of spiritual isolation and despair, but he also dramatizes the complex realities of forgiveness, grace, and redemption.

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Paperback, 176 pages
Published November 4th 1996 by Routledge (first published December 1st 1927)
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Kevin I studied this for my French A level and as difficult the story was to read, this actually took my interest. I enjoyed this greatly, however have not…moreI studied this for my French A level and as difficult the story was to read, this actually took my interest. I enjoyed this greatly, however have not yet watched the movie(less)
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Corinne
Jul 13, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
In this brief novel boiling with tension, we see the inner conflicts of the type in Madam Bovary or Anna Karenina, but a lot more compressed and intense. Usually, I don’t like dark novels of this type, but what kept me hooked is the powerful story-telling of Mauriac, an absolute masterpiece. A deeply flawed character, Therese, keeps us engaged, because Mauriac has skillfully transferred her point of view upon us, so we are with her even if we know she is doing something unethical.
Mariel
Jan 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you might as well just go to sleep
Recommended to Mariel by: Eddie
I know nothing of love save that it is the constant object of my desire, a desire that possesses me and blinds me, setting my feet on the ways of the waste land, dashing me against the walls, forcing me into bogs and quagmires, stretching me exhausted in the muddy ditches of life.

Run away, Thérèse. The trees where she suffered alone moan that is human. She's not alone. Mauriac is right that it is a huge family, the unresting, and a recognition would burn like an outbreak of forest fire. I don't
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Teresa
Feb 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: n-frança, e3
"Ela não compreenderia que eu só me interesso por mim mesma, que estou inteiramente ocupada comigo. Anne, pelo seu lado, está só à espera de ter filhos para se anular neles, como fez a mãe, como fazem todas as mulheres da família. A minha preocupação é descobrir-me, esforço-me por me encontrar... Ao primeiro vagido do fedelho que este anão lhe fará, sem despir sequer a jaqueta, Anne esquecerá a sua adolescência junto de mim e as carícias de Jean Azevedo. As mulheres da família aspiram a perder t ...more
tia
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"One can make the most contrary judgements about the same person, and yet be right- that it is all a question of the way the light falls and that no one form of light is more revealing than another."

This novel may be a foreign country to a male reader (despite the fact it was written by a man!) because it describes the servitude of women who, throughout history, have ached and desired and cried in silence for freedom. I, as a fellow woman, pity Theresa when she attempts to poison her husband by
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Laura
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dagny, Virginie, Kim
There is a new movie version of this book but I always want to read the book first.

A gift from my brother.

This novel is based on a true story when in May 1905 (thanks Wayne for your important remark about it!), the author attended the trial of the poisoner Mrs. Canaby: L’affaire des Chartrons.



Therese, as well as Madame Bovary in some way, lives in her own world since her husband is not able to understand her feelings. Even with the birth of their daughter, their faith won't change any more.

The
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Eddie Watkins
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-fiction
Compassionate disgust. That’s how I’d sum up Mauriac’s view of humanity, or rather not of humanity but of the flesh of which humanity is composed. But this “flesh” extends beyond the actual flesh into all the background, all the buried impulses and motivations that lurk within our lives, leading our flesh into situations and traps, leaving it stranded and suffering and vying for an out, or at least a moment of tainted pleasure. The receptacle for this compassionate disgust in this volume is Ther ...more
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François Mauriac begins Thérèse Desqueyroux with her criminal case being dismissed. Accused of poisoning her husband, Thérèse, is acquitted by Bernard’s own felonious testimony only to become victim herself of a virtual house arrest as much for propriety’s sake as punitive vengeance. The family has closed ranks to hide the dirty secret of her guilt, determined Thérèse will remain captive in one room for the remainder of her life. And yet it’s Thérèse’s ambivalence about the crime which confounds ...more
Luís Miguel
Mar 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Notam-se ecos da tradição Faubertiana em Mauriac. Thérese D. pertence àquela categoria de livros grandes demais para o número de páginas que albergam. Deve-o à densidade da escrita e ao que se intui da mesma. Neste livro conhecemos a ilustre Thérese, logo à saída do julgamento onde foi absolvida pela tentativa de homicídio do marido, por envenenamento. Através de analepses descobrimos a sua personalidade e o seu móbil, compreendemos o seu crime, para no fim a julgar. Manteremos o veredicto?

Este
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Denis
Nov 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An indelible memory - I read this French classic a long time but have never forgotten it. Not sure if it's translated in English, but it certainly deserves to be discovered in this country. Mauriac is one of the great masters of the French language, and this novel is, deservedly so, one of his most famous and most celebrated. The title character, a murderess, is fascinating and her story is riveting. It's also a formidable portrait of French bourgeoisie.
Friederike Knabe
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: french-lit
Having recently watched the 2012 film version of Francois Mauriac classic novel, I felt the need to go back to the original novel that I read decades ago when I was in my late teens. Reading Therese Desqueyroux with a twenty first century lens, I was fascinated by Mauriac's complex and multi-faceted presentation of her "case". Inspired by a "fait divers" concerning an actual court case that he read in his youth, Mauriac became deeply drawn to the young woman at the centre of it: what motivated h ...more
Helynne
Jun 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The full title of this novel is actually Therese Desqueroux, and the inclusion of the protagonist's married surname is important to the theme. Francois Mauriac, who wrote most of his novels in the 1920s through the 1950s, is sometimes known as France's Catholic writer, but he was a rather uneasy Catholic who questioned orthodoxy and tended to write more sympathetically towards his characters who were in one kind or another of a personal or spiritual crisis. This 1926 novel asks the reader to con ...more
Mary
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An unforgettable portrayal of a complex,fascinating woman trapped by provincial life.
Reminds me of Madam Bovary.
They all know Therese is guilty but family honour means she walks free after being acquitted!
But as she looks back towards the events that led to this she begins to wonder if her punishment has just begun.
A brilliant novel with exquisite prose.
Now to continue the story as I find there are three more stories that follow on from this.
Kirsty
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: july-2017
The two novellas, and two short stories, which follow Mauriac's most famous literary creation, Therese Desqueyroux, are set in Bordeaux and Paris. They chart her 'passionate, tortured life... Her story, brilliantly and unforgettably told, affirms the beauty and vitality of the human spirit in "the eternal radiance of death"'. Of Mauriac's writing, Justin O'Brien tells the following in the New York Times: 'Both his subject and his style frequently recall Racine and Baudelaire; and indeed we often ...more
 amapola
Aug 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lett-francese
(ambiguo) profilo di donna

C’è chi si assoggetta (più o meno volentieri, più o meno consapevolmente) alle regole del vivere comune, al formalismo, al perbenismo di facciata o, perché no, alla moda del momento.
C’è chi, invece, non vi si vuole assoggettare.
Ma c’è anche chi – per temperamento, carattere, indole, natura – non vi si può assoggettare. E’ qui che sta il vero dramma.

”Come spiegarle? Non capirebbe che io sono colma di me stessa, che mi occupo interamente. Anne aspetta solo di avere de
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Rizal
Sep 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ohhhhhhhhh my my my. What a hard book to read! So complex. Although I really love Therese but sometimes I couldn't connected to her in some ways. Her voice and mind are very complex to read of. This book was so intricate for me that I need to put it down and take a walk, play with cats after I read every 10 pages or so and then pick it up again. The plot was quite simple but the way it laid it out and connected it with a complex character mind and how she 'act and react' to it was quite amazing. ...more
Rezvan
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
«زندگی حتی اگر سراپا به گناه آلوده باشد، باز هم
عظمت وجود انسان را ضایع نمی کند... کسانی که ظاهراً محکوم به بدی شده اند، شاید خداوند قبل از دیگران آنها را برگزیند و عمق سقوط آنان، درجه شایستگی و هدایت آنهاست.»
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باید اضافه کنم که فیلم فرانسوی ترز دسکرو با اقتباس از این رمان در سال 2012 ساخته شده

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Rita Neves
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"Romance inspirado em factos de crónica que chocaram a sociedade da época e marcaram profundamente o autor, ao ponto de nunca mais abandonar a sua personagem, Thérèse Desqueyroux, por muitos apenas comparável a Madame Bovary, é considerada uma das obras mais significativas e intemporais da litetatura do século XX"

Estes "factos de crónica que chocaram a sociedade da época" referem-se a um caso, que ocorreu na França, no qual uma mulher tentou envenenar o marido. E é a partir deste caso que Franço
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verena
Apr 24, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: worst-books
une petite déception je dois l'avouer. Je trouve le récit tout d'abord assez daté dans son style. Deuxièmement, je considère la plume de Mauriac terriblement masculine. Je ne suis par partisane de la "gender literature" attention, néanmoins j'ai profondément ressenti le "genre" de l'auteur derrière ses écrits. Lorsque Mauriac expose les pensées profondes de Thérèse, à chaque fois, je me suis dit "voilà une remarque peu féminine". J'ai trouvé Thérèse peu attachante, je ne me suis pas investi dans ...more
Greg Fanoe
Sep 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel-prize
Nobel Prize Project
Year: 1952
Winner: François Mauriac

Review: This volume consists of Mauriac's two novels about Thérèse, Thérèse Desqueyroux and The End of the Night, as well as two short stories about her life. Collectively the two novels, especially Thérèse Desqueyroux.

The issue is that these novels mix together the traditional novel and traditional themes with hints of modernism in a way that makes it feel very dated. This has not aged well. I'm glad I read the books, because they are well
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Czarny Pies
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone curious about this Nobel Literature Prize Winning author.
Recommended to Czarny by: It was on Prof. Vercollier's course reading list
Shelves: french-lit
This is without a doubt the masterpiece of Francois Mauriac, the Winner of the 1952 Nobel Prize Literature. It is the story of an arranged marriage involving the provincial nobility of France. Our heroine Therese finds her husband to be such an unspeakable bore that she attempts to get out of her marriage by attempting to poison him She administers a good number of doses of arsenic before the pharmacist turns her in. Her good-natured if boring husband agrees to grant her a divorce.

The characteri
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Julieta Paradiso
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sans trop dévoiler, je vais tout simplement dire que cette histoire est bien du Mauriac. On y rencontre ses personnages tourmentés, l’hypocrisie des familles, le climat lourd qui semble tout envelopper…
L’écrivain tel un analyste des passions essai de jeter de la lumière sur le mal, son origine, son déclic, ses motivations, ses conséquences. Or est-il possible de fouiller si profondément dans les tréfonds de l’âme humaine? Une chose est claire : le mal, ou le péché, est un vrai mystère.
J’ai moin
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Vasco Simões
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amor não correspondido é tramado. O divórcio às vezes tornas as coisas mais fáceis mas naquela altura não se usava de todo. A Teresa é tramada e consegue levar a sua vontade avante. Teimosa e obstinada tem os seus recursos. Belo livro apesar de curto.
David
Nov 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: big-white-square
It's another Thirst for Love! Fabulous!

Vittorio Ducoli
Feb 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quando il cattolicesimo non è dogmatico

François Mauriac è uno scrittore francese oggi forse un po' dimenticato. Eppure è stato, per un cinquantennio, un'epoca cruciale che va dagli anni '20 alla fine degli anni '60 del secolo scorso, uno degli intellettuali francesi più noti e influenti. Cattolico, unì all'impegno letterario quello civile: si schierò contro il franchismo in Spagna e la Repubblica di Vichy, e nel dopoguerra condannò il colonialismo francese e la repressione in Algeria. Nel 1952 g
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رانيا محيو الخليلي
رغم أنها رواية صغيرة لكنها "رواية" وليست "نوفيلا"، برع بكتابتها فرانسوا مورياك بأسلوب روائي مبدع ومتقن ومتمكن من أدواته. "تيريز ديكيرو" رواية كتبها مورياك عام ١٩٢٧، تتحدث عن الفوارق العقلية بنفس مستوى الطبقة الإجتماعية. تيريز، تربت يتيمة الأم في كنف والدها العلماني الذي لا يكن أي اعتبار للعواطف، وحرصت على رعايتها عمتها الصماء كلارا التي قضت حياتها في خدمة العائلة ومتطلباتها دون أن يكون لديها أي دور تؤديه لذاتها. تتزوج تيريز من برنار ديكيرو، ابن عائلة إقطاعية ثرية ملتزمة دينيا. زواجها ليس نتيجة ق ...more
Lobstergirl
Oct 11, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Lobstergirl by: Toonces
Shelves: own, covers, anchors, fiction
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Inspired from his youth by the real-life case of Blanche Canaby, accused of the attempted murder of her husband, Mauriac developed the classic tale of Thérèse Desqueyroux, a character who fascinated him so much that she figures in two subsequent novels.

In the opening chapter, the charge of poisoning her husband Bernard is dropped against Thérèse Desqueyroux, after he has lied to "get her off the hook" for the sake of appearances. The rest of this short novel is an exploration of why she committe
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Samuel Peliska
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fascinating novel in which an unhappy young wife tries to poison her husband, but for reasons that are not clear even to herself. Mauriac examines how even someone as intelligent and adept at self-examination as Thérèse can remain a mystery to herself. He also shows how such institutions as religion and the family can become stifling and even inhumane when charity is superseded by materialism and obsession with social (and political) correctness. Raymond Mackenzie's new translation is wonderfu ...more
Ruth
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't very easy to read in French, but it is certainly very well written. The style is very poetic, which contributes to the difficulty but also to the beauty of this book. The psychology of the different characters is deeply explored. As a result, I felt deeply for Thérèse, who suffers terribly. Mauriac depicts the emotions of the protagonist very well, which renders this novel really compelling.
Vincent
e livre étonnant nous plonge dans les tourments d'une femme de la bonne bourgeoisie du sud-ouest qui tente d'assassiner son mari. Tout le livre est une enquête pour connaître les motivations et fouiller l'âme de cette femme brillante mais aliénée. L'élégance de l'écriture offre un contraste saisissant avec la violence des sentiments et du propos. C'est vif, brillamment construit, fin : on ne décroche pas de ce court roman.
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François Charles Mauriac was a French writer and a member of the Académie française. He was awarded the 1952 Nobel Prize in Literature "for the deep spiritual insight and the artistic intensity with which he has in his novels penetrated the drama of human life." Mauriac is acknowledged to be one of the greatest Roman Catholic writers of the 20th century.
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